Aletheia wrote:I just am bemoaning the fact that I have spent so much time on such a short list of words.
It's a short list of words, but they are all extremely
frequent and important. Just to put some kind of quantitative figure on this, I looked at the Oxford Classical Text (OCT) of Thucydides and counted the number of prepositions on one page. It was 21: εἰς (5x), ἐπί (2x), κατά (4x), παρά (2x), ἐν (2x), πρός (2x), διά (1x), ἀντί (1x), ἐκ (2x). Furthermore, since there were 258 words on the page, these prepositions accounted for 8% of the total.
This was a section with a lot of concrete military events happening (the beginning of Book 2, when the Boeotians sneak into Plataea at night), so I also checked a page that was full of abstractions (from Pericles' funeral oration) and I found 21 occurrences of prepositions on that page too. So, this is probably sufficient to demonstrate that the time you spend learning them will be time well spent!